In Praise of the Unstructured Blazer

When it’s blazing hot out, an unstructured (or “deconstructed”) blazer, basically a jacket without the lining, shoulder pads, and other stifling stuff, is the perfect way to remain dapper without looking like you’ve been hanging out in a sauna all day. Don’t worry, these aren’t 80s/Miami Vice jackets, but they are a contemporary take on that lightweight, breathable style. Here are four we can see wearing to an upscale summer soiree.

Barena Venezia Peach Slim-Fit Unstructured Linen Blazer

This Italian menswear brand is all about tradition, but not in a staid fuddy duddy way. Nope, the company creates unique takes on classic Italian style. Case in point: their peach slim-fit unstructured linen blazer ($570 at Mr. Porter). Made of 100 percent linen, this blazer is lightweight and breathable and cut in a slim, but not body hugging, fit. It looks equally good with trousers or slim-cut, summer-weight jeans.

Michael Bastian Deconstructed Blazer

Award-winning American designer Michael Bastian has been focused on reinventing what “basics” are all about i.e. beautifully-designed style essentials with a New York feel and Italian craftsmanship. Earlier this year he launched his Gray Label, which brings his aesthetic to more guys thanks to a lower price point. His Deconstructed Blazer (s Gray Label, which brings his aesthetic to more guys thanks to a lower price point. His Deconstructed Blazer ($198 at Nordstrom) is a lightweight textured-dot cotton blazer in a trim, yet comfortable fit, that offers a less formal look for a hot (temperature wise or whatever, wink, wink) night out.

Jachs NY Red and Navy Seersucker Blazer

Jachs NY, the menswear company founded by Hayati Banastey in 2008, makes clothes that are inspired by the past but thoroughly modern in conception. The company’s red and navy seersucker blazer ($199 at Spring), sums this up nicely. Seersucker has been the goto summer cotton fabric for generations of men living in tropical regions thanks to its weave which is puckered and striped. It’s the puckering of the fabric that helps keep the wearer cool by allowing for better airflow between the fabric and the skin. The traditional colorway is blue and white and here is where Jachs veers from the classic, preferring a bold red and navy stripe and a slimmer cut for a standout look that is anything but traditional.

Bermondsey Blazer

This blazer pairs British style and Italian craftsmanship in a comfortable 100 percent brushed cotton that’s unlined to keep you cool and comfortable. It’s formal enough for work, but stylish enough for play with bound seams on the inside—a sewing technique that hides the fabric’s raw edges—which gives the interior as clean a look as the outside. It’s on sale at Boden right now for $142.80